Classical Pianist shows off Rap Prowess! My “Solitary” Mixtape

A couple of years ago, when I first moved to Sacramento and got married, I started recording new verses to previous hip hop instrumentals, at the pace of roughly one new one a week. This was at the advice and tutelage of my good buddy Martin Lavendar aka Lord Lav, a hip hop expert and a great teacher who helped me hone my craft. I wrote and recorded dozens of verses, and at some point Martin suggested that I put them out as a mixtape. Below is said mixtape, which I decided to collect together and put up in two videos on Youtube. I called it “Solitary Mixtape” because I wrote all of these while working by myself out in my “office” in the garage of the house we used to live in. The topic of the lyrics is mostly me reflecting on my inner life, the good, the bad, and the ugly…. because no one is more solitary than when they are in their own mind.

The source of the music is attributed in each track. I used a variety of instrumentals ranging from ODB and Necro to drum n bass (and a few that I made, some with the help of drummer Robert Kennedy). The recording is not of great production quality, nor is it mixed, but this is more about writing and rapping. Maybe I will make highly quality recordings of some of these and release them to the world. In the meantime, I wanted to share this. Consider it a “Work in (and of my) Progress:”

 

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